Photographer Graciela Iturbide looks at 1970s Panama in new show

    24 de septiembre de 2018

    Panama City, Sep 24 (EFE).- Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide's black-and-white images of Panama City in the 1970s have opened a window onto the past for 21st-century Panamanians.

    The exhibit at the Spain Cultural Center-Casa del Soldado in capital's historic district comprises 40 photos from the early years of the "October Revolution" launched by Iturbide's friend, Gen. Omar Torrijos (1929-1981).

    Most of the pictures are set in working-class communities such as Curundu, Marañon and Chorrillo, which have survived intact despite the building and redevelopment boom that has changed the look of the city.

    Iturbide, who 10 years ago became the first Mexican woman to receive the prestigious Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography, said she was "very excited" about her first exhibit in Panama after 40 years of getting to know the country.

    Now on her fifth visit, she says that Panama has changed a lot since she was last here in 1982.

    "I'm excited, but I see a Panama that's completely different from the one I knew," Iturbide said.